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Microsoft Releases Previews of Visual Studio 2013, .NET Framework 4.5.1

The products are "go-live," so Microsoft will support them in production.

Best Practices for Transitioning from ASP.NET to Windows 8 Development

One key change that will smooth your transition from ASP.NET to Windows 8 is to think like a designer from the outset.

Create Object Clones Through the Prototype Pattern in .NET

The Prototype Pattern involves cloning objects. Learn how to create both deep and shallow clones for instances in your program where creating a new object won't work.

Cross-Platform Development with Portable Class Libraries

In a Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) world, .NET Framework support for Portable Class Libraries (PCLs) provides a base for writing code that will run on any platform -- provided you understand the limitations of PCLs and how to structure your applications to exploit them.

Microsoft Celebrates a Year of Open Source Success

The Open Technologies Group has open sourced ASP.NET, MVC 4, and the Entity Framework, among other technologies.

Unity vs. MEF: Picking the Right Dependency Injection Manager

Peter Vogel compares both of the Microsoft dependency injection managers/inversion of control containers and comes up with a decision tree for picking the correct one.

Say What? Incorporating Windows Phone 8 Speech Recognition into Your Apps

The Windows Phone 8 SDK added a speech recognition API that's easy to use and flexible. Learn how to put it to work in your application.

Documenting C++ APIs with Doxygen

Documenting your code is a critical part of development, but too many developers pay too little attention to proper commenting. C++ devs have a tool that can help.

Recording Media in a Windows Store App, Part 1: Audio

Eric Vogel demonstrates how to use the Windows Runtime MediaCapture API to record audio.

The Windows Runtime Media API

Learn how to play multimedia files with the Windows Runtime media API.

Juice Up Your Android App UI

Make your Android app's design more inviting to users by enhancing things like keyboards and forms, so they'll keep coming back to it.

Build a Windows Store App Using SQLite

No database for your Windows Store app? No problem -- SQLite to the rescue!

Configuring WCF Routing Without Code

Peter Vogel returns to creating a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) router that loosely couple services with their clients. But this time he uses XML to configure his router rather than doing it in code.

Customize the Windows Phone ToggleButton

Nick Randolph pulls apart the Windows Phone ToggleButton to help you adapt it to the look of your application.

Managed Extensibility Framework Improvements in .NET 4.5

One of the most significant updates is the introduction of a convention-based extension model, in which you can configure a set of naming conventions to allow MEF parts to be easily picked up by your application.

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